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(THIS ITEM IS NOT GOLD PLATED IT IS ANTIQUE OR VINTAGE GOLD FILLED. PLEASE READ THE EXPLANATION FOR VINTAGE AND ANTIQUE GOLD FILLED JEWELLERY BELOW THE DESCRIPTION) IF USING THE PHONE APP HIT THE MORE+ BUTTON FOR FULL DESCRIPTION, SIZING ETC.
This is a very rare set. You sometimes find the bracelet or the necklace but not all three Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings. It is c1940s and what was known as snake jewellery as its ribbed semi fleible makeup resembles snake skin. All items are signed 12k gf although the maker is unknown the set was sourced from a USA Estate sale and is guaranteed USA made. Forstner and Carl Art both made this type of jewellery so it could be either of those. See photo of Forstner.
The set is in very good vintage condition with just a small crease to the necklace to be noted on close inspection. The earrings clip on and the bracelet winds around the wrist or upper arm if you can fit it there. The necklace has a push button clasp that works as it should. You can see the necklace and earrings being worn by the actress Gene Tierney in the movie Leave Her to Heaven c1945 in the last three pictures that I have added as a photo prop only not part of sale.
The necklace is 14 inches or 36cms but will stretch up to 16 inches or 41cms The bracelet will open to 9 inches from as small as 7 so it depends how you wish to wear it either on the wrist the arm or the upper arm. The earrings simply snap on so are very comfortable.
What is Antique and Vintage Gold Filled Jewellery
Vintage Gold fill is an actual layer of gold which has been pressure bonded to another metal. Gold filled is not to be confused with gold plating. Vintage Gold filled is much more valuable and tarnish resistant. It does not flake off, rub off or turn colors. Anyone who can wear gold can wear gold filled without worries of an allergic reaction.
Vintage Gold filled jewellery is made from solid gold and filled with other alloys such as brass, bronze and sterling silver. Think of it like a sandwich with solid gold on the outside and a metal filling. Vintage Gold filled wears, looks and lasts like solid gold because its outer surface IS solid gold.
Antique and Vintage “Gold Filled” jewellery is a term that should only be used for items that were made in the USA and if you are unsure you should ask your seller its origin. Vintage and Antique gold filled items were regulated by the US government and the gold content must be at least 1/20 of the weight of the item. Unfortunately the term gold filled has been hijacked and become generic and is being misused for cheap gold plate jewellery from Asia. Gold plate has no regulations. Vintage Gold Fill does not wear off like gold plate. Vintage Gold filled jewellery even offers more than solid gold such as strength and durability because of the inner metal core as solid gold is a soft metal and tends to dent and bend.
Please also be aware that Victorian gold filled pieces are generally unmarked for gold content and hallmarking in the USA did not generally happen until after 1907. Even then the maker could choose to mark the jewellery or the bo that it came in so that many pieces are not hallmarked with their gold content. Antique and Vintage gold filled jewellery is normally 10k, 12k, or 14k in gold content. Beware of the newer cheap imitations being marketed as gold filled which are in fact imported from Asia. They are not vintage or antique. They are not gold filled. They are cheap gold plate imitations. The term “gold filled” is being misused by unscrupulous sellers.